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What is a vibrator on a Model T ignition coil for?

In this post here What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit? there is a device that is cited in @paulster2's response that is called a 'vibrator'. Here's the diagram from his answer where ...
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Slow speed crunch/pop sound?

Having this issue that started recently. Hearing and feeling in the steering wheel and pedals crunch/pop sound when rolling slowly. On/off brakes doesn't seem to matter. In gear/off gear doesn't ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

My Suzuki Swift 01 is leaking coolant. I'm trying to change the head gasket. I've gotten as far as taking the camshaft cover off. See this picture: I'm not sure what Step 11, "Back off all valve ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

I'm in Sierra Leone where mechanics have an impressive flair for improvising with limited resources, but a lack of formal training and a cavalier attitude to long term safety. I've had a transmission ...
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Does increasing head gasket thickness make it more failure-prone?

A well-known fact when adding forced-induction to an engine originally designed for naturally-aspirated applications, is that it may be necessary to reduce the compression ratio to counter the ...
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Is it necessary to have two ground wires (1 to engine and 1 to car-frame)?

My jeep's stock wiring has two ground cabled coming from the negative terminal. I recently upgraded all of my positive cables, and now I'm on to the negative. Is it necessary to have one cable going ...
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Overfilled my B&S 725ex self propelled lawmower

I overfilled my B&S 725ex self propelled lawnmower. I cut front yard no problem. Yesterday I went to cut back yard. I realized I had overfilled it with oil. I drained oil refilled to proper level ...
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Ford Focus won't crank no clicking light on dash come on.

Okay so I have a 2000 Ford Focus 5 speed. I was coming off the interstate and hit a bump and the car shut off. All the light on dash come on even the radio but it won't crank. Not even clicking. I've ...
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How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

I want to check if this particular 50 amp fuse on a RAV4 (1998 first generation) is blown or not. Just looking, it's hard to tell because of what I assume are blue-green deposits on copper (this is ...
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How to remove the 50 amp, 80 amp and 100 amp fuses from the positive terminal of a RAV4?

I want to check the fuses at the positive battery connection of my 1998 (first generation) Toyota RAV4. Visually, the 80a and 100a look fine, but the 50a has blue deposits and I can't tell if it's ...
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Corsa D Stuttering Accelaration with Malfunction Light flashing

I have a 1.2l Vauxhall Corsa D (62 plate) that has done 63K miles. A problem has developed over the last day or two that is becoming a concern, and has got worse over the last 24 hours. Whilst ...
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Car turns off due to low RPM, only when starting car

Background: I had my 2003 Infiniti g35 at the mechanic to fix an electrical problem (turns out remote starter wires were rubbing and causing a short) and to fix an oil leak. All in all they changed ...
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Heavy noise from the tappet of my RE Classic 350

I own a Royal Enfield Classic 350 (2014 model). After completing 10000 km, I started hearing an irritating sound from the tappet (service guys says so). At that time it didn't last long, so I thought ...
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Rough idle @ stoplights - O2 sensors reading zero voltage

I have an '05 4.7L Dodge Dakota that has had an issue with rough idle for over a year now. It seems to only happen after coming to a stop at a traffic light. It seems to happen more often after having ...
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2010 Ford Taurus in neutral has higher idle speed

I have this question which really puzzles me. I'm from Europe and used to drive manual. I used to shift to neutral going down the hill to save on gas. Now I moved to the USA and I have cars that use ...
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BMW E46 electric headlight leveling

My E46 BMW 320d was recently driven through some water too deep for it. The engine and rest of the car is fine but the electric levelling feature for the headlights has failed. The headlights were in ...
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“Valve like” noise after modifying camshaft ninja 300

A friend and I bought a modified camshaft for his ninja 300/EX 300. After installing and checking/adjusting valve clearance everything seemed ok. After a few laps on our local track the bike started ...
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How to Make a Homebrew Engine Degreaser Spray?

Can anyone recommend a cheap and safe homebrew engine degreaser that can be used in a spray bottle. When I say safe, I mean both for the engine and me. I would be rinsing with either another spray ...
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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How to test if oil is leaking into combustion chambers?

How can I test whether oil is leaking into cylinder combustion chambers and getting burnt in case of oil level loss? As opposed to, for example, leaking through the oil pan or the timing chain cover.
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Can I drive with a broken/without the spider spring in my clutch?

Long story short: I managed to break the spider spring inside my slipper clutch. Apparently these things happen. Below are two pictures of this work of art: Now I have some 300km separating me ...
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How often should spark plug wires be replaced?

I last replaced them with the plugs about 4 years/60-70k miles ago. I bought platinum plugs I if I remember correctly, so I still got some life on those. The car (2001 Buick Regal) is still in good ...
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Mixing DOT 4 with DOT 4 synthetic

I couldn't see an existing question about this but please link to it if you know of one ... I should point out I'm English and the products described are bought in the UK, in case it makes a ...
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1answer
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Rear camera screen flickering

https://youtu.be/c4g_W9xNboQ video of it flickering. I've tested the output voltage of the 12v socket, and it's around 20v! Question about that here; Battery high voltage (multimeter was busted, volts ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

I have a car stereo head unit that I'd like to repurpose as a radio for my garage. Given that, I'm looking for some kind of power adapter / transformer that I can plug into a wall outlet and splice ...
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2001 Suzuki Katana 750 won't start after jump start and new battery

Bike has been running just fine. Recently left the lights on while at work, completely draining the battery. Couldn't get it push started there, but was able to get it jumped. I thought no biggie ...
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How do I get to see my Mode 06 in OBDii

Mode 06 in OBD2 is good to get an insight of what faults the car might encounter in the future. But I am unable to find out what command should I send to get Mode 06 data. It has TID$01 CID$01, so how ...
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How important is it to replace engine torque mount? (have pic)

I just bought a 2007 Buick Lucerne. The rubber in the engine torque mount has separated into two pieces. How important is it to replace the mount? If I do decide to replace it, is the job as ...
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What is the yellow precipitate in my outboard's carburetor?

I've got a 2008 Tohatsu 9.8 HP four stroke outboard. My low speed jet keeps getting fouled and on several occasions, I've found yellow almost crystalline "growths" for lack of a better word inside ...
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Starter stays engaged

Have a 2000 f350 7.3 super duty. The starter stayed engaged and I was unable to turn off the motor, although turning the ignition back to off, the starter stayed on. Ultimately the starter burned out ...
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Is it Safe to Drive With Low Engine Coolant?

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu and have replaced the engine coolant in it twice in the last six months after the low coolant warning light came on, and the light has recently come on again. The climate ...
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Lada Niva 1700 Carburetor Model

The compression is good and does not burn excessive oil .Fuel consumption has dropped from 8 kilometers per liter to 5.7 kilometers per liter.Same driving cycle same location. What should I look for?
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Cleaning brake fluid (general tips)

There are some other threads on other websites about cleaning up brake fluid. But I just wanted to get a more organized, concise answer here on SE. Wanted to confirm that cleaning up brake fluid just ...
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What's the difference between BMW 320i SE and Non SE?

My Dad gave us a car, but we don't know the exact model of it. We know that it's a BMW 320i imported from Japan. The year is 2006. There's a letter "M" on the steering wheel. Some pictures: ...
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Gas pedal not responding

It just doesn't work, as if I weren't even pressing it and it happens regardless of the speed. I have to turn the engine off and on again and it'll work for another 3 or even up to 20 minutes ...
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1991 Celica with 3SGTE motor been sitting for a year- what can I expect? [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a 1991 Celica with a 3SGTE motor swapped in, and it's been sitting for a year. The ad says it runs, but are there things I should do immediately upon buying the car? I was planning on ...
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What is the funny looking thing attached to my new mazda3 key fob?

I got my new 2016 mazda3 today from the dealer and tossed the second key fob right in my backpack without taking a look. Then I found there was this weird looking thing attached to it. It has ...
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2007 Nissan Armada power window fuse location

According to the fuse block diagram, there is not a dedicated fuse for the power windows. Anyone know if the power windows are on another fuse? Front drivers side window will not go down and switch ...
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2012 POLO 1.2 S hatchback service manual?

Is there an after market service manual for a my new polo? I have already tried haynes but it's not available for my model I need it before I start messing around with the electrics. I want to attempt ...
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How to find your manual?

Imagine that you haven't got a hard copy of your owners manual, technical data or operating instructions. Is there a good source from which you can get a PDF of the documentation online? I'm just ...
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96 Ranger. I replaced the clutch. Now it won't go into gear

I'm no mechanic and I'm stuck. I've got a 1996 2.3L Ford Ranger. I replaced The clutch disk, pressure plate, pilot bearing, and release bearing. I then got the transmission put back into place. ...
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'66 Dodge Dart made a loud CRACK, engine almost stalled. The second time it happened, there was a puff of black smoke

I was driving my wife's automatic '66 Dodge Dart 270 (slant-6) for about a mile when I heard a loud CRACK and the engine almost stalled, but then it immediately seemed fine. I looked in the rearview ...
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Is it worth switching to full synthetic or blend oil in my older car/truck?

I have a older (enter vehicle here) that has 100k miles on it. Would I see any benefit switching to full synthetic or synthentic blend oil? Is it worth the extra cost in an older vehicle? For ...
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0answers
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What are the differences between a normal and an anti-hopping/slipper clutch?

Obviously an anti-hopping clutch won't make the motorbike hop. How is this achieved? What are the mechanical and functional differences between a normal and an anti-hopping/slipper clutch?
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2000 Ford Taurus ABS reluctor ring grinding on lower ball joint

My Taurus started to make a grinding noise in the front. When I looked at it I could see the ABS reluctor ring was grinding on the lower ball joint. My plan is to replace the axles/reluctor rings, but ...
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What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit?

My father-in-law gave this ford branded ignition coil to me today, and I'm curious to know what vehicle it went to, and how it was hooked up originally. Can I easily determine whether it works or not ...
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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2004 isuzu ascender Sputtering and possibly misfiring

Needed to get a smog check so I went to auto zone to find out why the check engine light was on. The code shot out that the map sensor needed to be replaced. So I replaced it and reset the computer by ...
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1answer
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Why does my car engine rev so fast when running uphill

I have a 2015 Civic EX (6000 miles). It's revving 2000/2500/3000RPM at 70/80/90MPH on flat ground. However, it's having 3000RPM at 60MPH when going uphill and EVERYONE was passing me by (Except for ...
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How should I properly connect a high-current accessory?

I have a 2012 Honda Accord that I would like to install a radio transceiver in. At peak, its current draw is 22A @ 13.8VDC. Generally, the wisdom is that it should be connected directly to the battery ...

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